|JOHN AND BLACKJACK WAITING FOR THE PARADE TO BEGIN|
I think a good time was had by all. One of the local RV parks had invited BlackJack to be the Grand Marshall of their Christmas parade thru the park. We found out that who the Grand Marshall was going to be, had been kept a secret. I think a lot of people were surprised and really seemed to enjoy seeing BJ and interacting with him before and after the parade.
The people had really decorated their ATV, quads and side by sides, so we worried about all these flashing lights "chasing" BJ and his thoughts on the subject. I was going to lead him and John was following with a bucket and broom, in case of sanitation cheanup being needed. No need to worry, BJ was a perfect gentlemen, both with behavior and not causing John to have to use his bucket and broom.
I don't think the "things" with the flashing lights following him bothered him as much as the really elaborate decorations in some of the yards. I could tell when he really wanted to not go by some of the really scary ones. But, he trusted me enough to not put him in danger, so he'd slow up a little, ears up, and focused, but still moving.
The biggest problem was him seeming to want to get this over with. BJ is usually pretty lazy when it comes to moving around. We call it the BJ "mosey", he doesn't expound much energy to get from point A to point B. But for some reason he seemed to think we were in a timed event.....LOL I had to keep reminding him that we were not in a race and he'd do pretty good, and the next thing I know, we're picking up the pace again.
When it was over, we stood by the Recreation Center, while the people gathered for refreshments and singing carols. Everyone got to see BJ up close and personal, he really enjoys the attention.
One of the ladies made the blanket and flashing light collar for him. It turned out great, fit him perfectly and she hadn't measured him or anything. She insisted we keep it and now John is talking about doing parades. Benson usually has a couple of parades a year, and we've talked about John and BJ participating as a miner and his donkey, but was always a little hesitant. Since he did so good last night, maybe now it will happen.
|BLACKJACK DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST, SOAKING UP ATTENTION|